The 1000 business and IT leaders that attended the event were joined by Alex Younger, head of the British Secret Intelligence Service and the surprise keynote speaker at the ceremony. The MI6 chief, who rarely makes public appearances, explained that attracting the best IT talent is a priority for him as technology continues to transform the capabilities required of Britain’s foreign intelligence agency. He added that with around eight in ten IT roles filled by men in the UK, attracting more women to the industry is of the upmost importance. His speech attracted worldwide interest when he revealed, for the first time that the technical wizard portrayed in the James Bond movies as ‘Q’ is in real life a women.
The evening was a huge success, raising awareness of the remarkable contribution women make to the ICT industry, while celebrating recent outstanding achievements of females across the sector. The Informed attendees had a thoroughly enjoyable evening and would like to say a huge thank you to the event organisers and congratulations to all the winners!
Alex Younger, Head of MI6, provides a fascinating speech (Left) and Seth Finegan, Informed UK CEO presents the Innovator of the Year award to Estelle Lloyd (Azoomee) alongside TV personality, Maggie Philbin and host Ben Rossi (Right).
Images of the stunning Great Room at the Grosvenor House Hotel - confirmed as venue for the 2018 awards.